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Southern Cyclones and Tully claim Cairns junior titles

The Southern Cyclones Under 14 (combined Tully and Innisfail) team and Under 17 Tully Under 17 side took out their respective premierships in this season's Cairns District Junior Rugby League grand finals played recently at Jones Park in Cairns.

After leading by eight points at halftime, Tully ran out convincing 38-4 winners over Cassowary Coast rivals Southern Cyclones to claim the silverware in the Under 17 final.

A triple treat of tries by prop Essay Banu was instrumental in steering Tully to victory and her efforts earned her the Best and Fairest Player award.

Points for Tully were shared around with one try apiece to Charlee Brown, Lacie Hansen, Brooke Tongalea, Eyleen Jack, Tamzin Muriata and Jamie Fredrickson.

The only Southern Cyclones try for the match was scored by Shaneals Biehler.

However, the Southern Cyclones proved too strong for Kangaroos in the Under 14 division with a 30-12 win.

The Kangaroos registered first points and held a slim two-point lead at the break. 

Tully Under 17 girls were the premiership winning team after they defeated Southern Cyclones in the grand final
Tully Under 17 girls were the premiership winning team after they defeated Southern Cyclones in the grand final

However, the Southern Cyclones came out firing in the second half and finished strongly to take home the premiership trophy.

Cyclones fullback Grace Delta bagged three tries, while Shanequa Wiremu-Taha, scored a double and Kimberly Bryant chipped in with one try.

Kangaroos half back Dakota Taputoa had a great game and finished with a double and Variyah Fauid crossed for one try.

Nemika Fitzgerald from the Cyclones was named Best and Fairest player for her strong defensive work.

The finals capped off a fantastic full day of junior rugby league action which featured the next generation of players in Under 6 to Under 16 age divisions from a number of clubs in the local competition.

Cairns District Junior Rugby League especially wished to thank Alby Anderson and Atul Chowdhary from NRL Development for their assistance on the day.

Main image: Southern Cyclones girls team took out the Under 14 premiership with a comprehensive grand final win against Kangaroos.